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17 July 2008
It's time for Puddin to have her frontline and I'm reluctant to give her any chemicals like that. Who knows those chems could be a contributing factor to her bone cancer. I just wanted to know anyone elses thoughts and some natural alternative that would work.
Dawn and Puddin
Try putting minced garlic (half or one clove) into the meals. Or dilute some minced/juiced garlic with water, then spray on her.
Don't worry about the saying dogs eat garlic would cause anemia, it would have to be you feeding her a large amount e.g. several cloves daily over a long period of time in order to cause problem.
28 July 2008
Just found this link: http://www.paw-.....ention.php
Hope it will be helpful.
25 April 2008
The topical flea treatments are classified as pesticides... I use herbal Neem spray or The Ultimate Pet Insect Repellent or Natures Guardian. Also Dr Pitcairns book (pg 127-134)also has some remedies. You have to take care of the flea issue otherwise it could lead to worms which can be carried by fleas. If anything else works let me know. My Buster doesn't like garlic...
If all else fails try to use one of the less harsher, non toxic topical treatments..I am also aware of DE. I like to use it on surface area's where my Buster lays. My only issue is due to it's fine particles, of having my dog inhale it(and myself)..Since we are on constant watch of lung mestastasis. However it is very effective.
Kim & Angel Buster
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
Hi - to extend this question a bit further. What about heartworm medicines? We started the kids on Nuheart a couple of weeks before Radar's diagnosis. He is now due to get it again but I am wondering if maybe we should use something else.
Connie & Radar
I have no knowledge in heartworm prevention alternatives as the climate here where I live lucky enough is very low risk. Genie had not had any at all.
See if this would give you some ideas: http://www.doga.....ntion.html
Thanks for the link, Genie!
That question did come up with my oncologist. She recommended plain old Heartworm medicine, like Heartguard, if you live in a high risk area or will be traveling to one.
There are new heartworm meds out there that do double duty, by taking care of heartworm and flea prevention at the same time. My oncologist wasn't very fond of this method, and didn't recommend it, due to the toxic nature of the flea control product in it.
Thanks for the link and the information. I did get a chance to talk to my vet about this. She didn't see a problem with the heartworm (same ingredients as hartguard) or flea top spot we have been using but did suggest that we not give/apply them on the same day. She said to give the heartworm and then wait a few days before using the topspot.
Connie & Radar
There's a lot of debate about it. My regular vet said no problem with the flea meds, mostly I think because she expected such a poor prognosis with me and figured I wouldn't be around by the time the meds started bothering me (ha! fooled her!).
Also, I hate to say this because I know there are tons of wonderful vets out there with the best of intentions, but my vet's office also happens to sell Heartguard and the flea stuff too (see the $$$?). It was my oncologist, who doesn't sell these products, that had the negative opinion of it.
I know, I know, who do you believe right? Well, you gotta go with your instincts. Do what you think is right. I say if you live in a high risk area, use the Heartguard. If you've had problems with fleas before, use what you know works. But I think people should also keep in mind that the absolute best flea prevention out there is a high quality, human grade doggie diet. Fleas just hate us when we're strong and healthy!
22 August 2008
If anyone needs to use flea control products I would use the new Comfortis product. It is a monthly pill, not a topical and much safer and "greener" than the older products. If you don't have a flea problem where you live, you might not need anything, but fleas can spread blood parasites, tapeworms, and can cause anemia in high numbers. Also, I would use Heartgard or Interceptor to prevent heartworms and intestinal parasites if you are in endemic areas as the treatments for some of these diseases are worse than the prevention (e.g. arsenic injections are the treatment for heartworm disease).
It depends on where you live and if you have parasites in the immediate environment.
Pam and Tazzie
Just came across this idea for natural flea prevention. We haven't tried it, but if any of you have let us know!
Here's some great flea management advice we got from BlogPaws:
"here are some greener ways of dealing with those pesky fleas. . .
- Cedar chips in bedding and outdoors
- Regular combing and vacuuming- drowning fleas in hot, soapy water
- Nematodes for the yard
- Combo of powdered Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Fennel, Yellow Dock,
Wormwood and Rue put in a shaker and rubbed on pet's fur (NOTE: some
herbs toxic and deadly to cats, but safe in small amounts for dogs- please be responsible and do your own research)
- Boiling organic lemons and using the cooled water to rinse your pet will immediately kill fleas"